365-257 Greetings from West Virginia

I thought a postcard post title is apt for my postcardy image today. I saw these gas pumps yesterday and kept them in my mind for a future subject. But today as I was driving by the owner of the property, Sue Moore, was outside chatting with a friend so I asked if I could take a  few photos. She was very gracious and allowed me to shoot away. They have a very nicel farmhouse and grounds with choice “antiquities” lying around the acreage. When I got to the barn with the pumps, I was glad to see the old flag. It adds a nice extra element to the photo. For processing, I played around with curves and levels a little, added a touch of Topaz Adjust and finished it off with a slight vignette. I mistakenly did a 4:3 ratio crop in ACR because I forgot to reset it after working on a photo yesterday, but I decided it worked well and kept it. While I was there, I shot a few other things also.  All with Pentax K20D, DA17-70.

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Pure American

In my quest to always look for small details while I’m traveling, I sometimes miss the large things. Thanks to Sue again for pointing out the old farmhouse by the road. Duh, it’s a HOUSE, how can you miss that? Believe me, I miss the obvious things quite often. I like the color image but I also knew it would make a strong black and white image also, so I’m posting both and letting you, the reader, decide. I did the b&w conversion with Topaz Black and White.

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